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Cape Cod Day Trip

I am extremely behind in blogging. Due to that ... Katrina.

It is possible to visit Cape Cod, and Provincetown, visit the tourist landmarks, eat tasty food, and dip in the ocean in a single day. What it requires is the willingness to do a bit of driving and luck. By luck I mean with the traffic. The idea is not to be caught up in it.

Kevin and I decided rashly and impulsively that we would try a day trip to Cape Cod from our base in Concord on our recent trip to MA to visit Kevin's family. The locals thought we were crazy.

We tried to wake up and leave at the crack of dawn. But there is something about being at sea level that just makes me want to sleep and sleep. So we left at 10:30 am and drove from Concord to Cape Cod. We left behind rain clouds and decided to see how far we could go before the traffic jams would turn us back. We were very lucky. All the traffic was going in the other direction.

Our plan for Cape Cod? Drive as far as Provincetown. Perhaps grab a meal in Provincetown, and do some people watching and then slowly retrace our steps visiting some sites along the way. We obviously didn't get to see everything. The theme of our day trip turned out to be lighthouses.

In Provincetown we found day parking, left our car and explored. We ate fish 'n chips at Mojo's and had pastries at the Portuguese Bakery. All beaches in the National Park Service area were free because we had our NPS yearly pass. The beaches which are town managed require a fee.

I grew up in South Africa which has truly magnificant beaches which were free. I have a bit of a problem paying to visit a beach.

We visited Racy Point Beach and the Old Harbor Life Saving Museum. The lighthouses we visited were Highland light ( a lighthouse surrounded by a golf course) and Nauset Light House. At Nauset I had an interesting chat (Kevin calls it an interview) with A Friend of the Lighthouses.

Lighthouse preservation is a serious business. The problem is sea and land: the land is slowly being taken away by the sea. THis means that Lighthouses are constantly being moved away from the crumbling shores. High seas and storms aid in the loss of land to the sea. My Friend advised that they were seeing an increase in the rate of land loss to the sea. I couldn't help but wonder whether global warming (and the resulting increase in severity of storms) had something to do with this?

The Nauset Lighthouse is decommissioned but does play an important role in navigation. When the Lighthouse is not working they have to notify the coast guard, as it does still appear on maps. We stayed and watched the lighthouse as the light faded.

The Old Harbor Life Saving Museum is well worth the visit. The building's architecture is visually satisfying. It rests surrounded by waving green grass. This Station was used to rescue those unfortunates whose ships had become wrecked by treacherous storms. This would mean that the rescue occurred during some pretty harsh weather. A breech buoy was used in the harshest of weath. A rope with a breech buoy was shot out like a catapult. The idea was that the rescued would climb in it, and the men at the station would pull them in. This was slow going as only one person at at time could be rescued.


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